#beapirate global youth challenge
Talent Garden In cooperation #beapirate challenge


The #BEAPIRATE CHALLENGE 2021 in cooperation with Talent Garden brought together 800 young changemakers between 14 and 19 from 80+ countries.

During the 3-week online journey, these young talents created solutions for a better future with support from international mentors.

While the #BEAPIRATE CHALLENGE 2021 has come to an end, it is just the start of a journey for the 65 teams of incredible young changemakers! The Moonshot Pirates crew is excited to support their work and we’re proud of every single person who chose to join the challenge and take action for the future they want.


Congratulations to Project Firefly for winning the #BEAPIRATE CHALLENGE 2021!

The three young women, Jesse Pound, Soliana Fikru, and Valkyrie Holmes, want to improve the fight against wildfires with vortex cannons and drones, Vortex cannons emit pressure waves that manipulate air molecules, knocking out the sustaining factor of all fires. Through the use of fluid dynamics, drones can stop the fire from spreading and damaging outside areas.

We are looking forward to seeing these 3 talented girls taking Project Firefly to another level and revolutionizing the fight against wildfires.


Rewatch the FINAL PITCHING, where our 7 finalists presented their ideas for a better future. They all have proven that they have what it takes to create a more prosperous and inclusive world for themselves and others!


Explore the ideas of the 7 finalists of the #BEAPIRATE CHALLENGE 2021


Helping Deaf-Blind people to access education and have social interaction with AI-aided devices!
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Luminous Teen is the first-ever digital teenager freelancing and self-paced marketplace platform intended to popularise Teen Employment.
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Saving the world through protecting our most important pollinators, the wild bees. HeyBee provides you with 3D printed bee homes that you can easily print out at a public 3D printer near you.
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Ensuring durable and sustainable housing while refining our environment for the future. Upcycling segment of the annual global 350 tones of plastics and battery waste into bricks and combining it with unorthodox interlocking structure.
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A professional social network of medical researchers, doctors, and patients that enables healthcare innovation, access across sectors, and an efficient sharing of ideas and communication from all across the world.
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A video game that generates the wellness profile and psychological state of students. We aim to make mental health a topic for classroom conversations and thus smash the stigma around it.
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In this 3-week online adventure, you will get together in a team of 2 to 6 people to work on innovative solutions for a better future. It consists of short videos, online mentoring, and a community of pirates that is there to accompany you on your journey. Throughout the challenge, your team will develop an idea from the ground up and create a final pitch video.

The top 7 teams will be selected through online voting and criteria assessment to participate in the final online pitching event.

The best idea will be selected by an expert jury during the final Pitch Night and will win an educational trip to Silicon Valley, California.

The first step to participating in the #beapirate challenge is individual registration.
After your registration, you will be able to form teams of 2 to 6 people. So, grab your friends, tell them to join your team, and then get ready for 3 weeks of fun. Teammates do not have to be from the same school or even the same country to participate!

You don’t have a team, but still want to join the challenge?
Don’t worry, you can find teammates on our online platform after registration and before the challenge starts.

To participate in the #beapirate challenge is completely free.
You and your team will have a chance to work on innovative solutions for a better future with international experts in their fields. Moreover, the team with the best solution will win a trip to Silicon Valley in California.

We are looking for creative, innovative, and bold ideas and solutions for a better tomorrow. The registration period for the #beapirate challenge runs from May 3 to May 31.

Quick Facts

  • this challenge is designed for young people between 14 to 19
  • teams of 2 to 6 people can enter the challenge
  • each team member needs to register individually on our website
  • after registration, participants will be granted access to the Moonshot Pirates platform, where they can create a team or join an existing one shortly before the challenge starts on June 1

Online Voting
Each team will have time until June 21 (midnight) to submit a 1-minute video about their project. The online voting will start on June 22, where all projects will go online and will end on June 28. The top-ranked team will automatically get a place on the Final Pitch Night, together with 2 teams who will be selected by partners’ and mentors’ votes. The additional 4 teams will be selected based on the 4 different criteria: impact, feasibility, radicality, and WOW Effect – “does it put a smile on your customer’s face” and based on the results from the online voting.

Online Pitch Day, Jury Voting & Criteria
The 7 selected teams will present their projects again to the judges during the online public Pitch Day. Each team will have 3 minutes to pitch and judges will have 3 minutes to ask questions. The winning team will be awarded with a trip to Silicon Valley in California. The judges choose a winning team based on 4 different criteria: impact, feasibility, radicality, and WOW Effect – “does it put a smile on your customer’s face”.

We’ve collected answers to the questions we get asked the most about applying to the #beapirate challenge, program, Silicon Valley trip, and other related questions.


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These experienced mentors and advisors helped our pirates to craft an epic journey for them and their team during the challenge. From insightful and empowering videos to 1-on-1 mentoring, they were there to support them, when turning their ideas into reality.

Sergio Veros

Founder of Verosnation, Creative Content Creator (AT)

Marcus Orlovsky

Education Nomad & Founder of Bryanston Square (UK)

Ralf Schiebel

Marine Senior Scientist at Max Planck Society (DE)

Caro Frank

Brand Consultant & Challenger (DE,AT)

MARION Grammel

Chief Sparring Partner at The Early Birds (AT)

Renate Rehak

Financial Planning & Business Management Expert (AT)

Elisa Holzer

UX & UI Designer (DE)

Stefan Weder

PR & Communications Professional (DE,AUS)

Niki Skene

The Business Therapist | Founder at Global Inspiration Tours (AT)

Markus Wilthaner

Strategy Consultant and Sustainable Mobility Expert at McKinsey & Company (AT)

Nick Collins

Front End Developer & Designer (IOM)


Senior Expert - Management Consulting I Product & Corporate Development (AT)

Nargess Shabani

UI Designer (IR,IT)


Attorney at Law at PHH GmbH (AT)

Thomasz Pekala

Personal Coach, Busy Dad Coaching (PL,AT)

Tobias Micko

Product Design Lead at Brickwise (AT)

Christian Schulze

Fintech CTO (DE)

Salmine Sassi

Innovation Consultant at Talent Garden (TU)

Julius Ulrich

Project Assistant at SOS Children's Villages International (DE)

Nick Diliberto

Entrepreneur & Digital Marketing Specialist (US)

Doris Strohmaier

COO at Pipelife (AT)

Samira Hayat

Telecommunications Engineer & Drone Researcher (PK)


Open Innovation-, Business Model- and Impact Strategist & System Changer (AT)

Lars Hajslund

Entrepreneur, innovator & former president of JCI, Silkeborg, (DK)

Vlad Petrea

Inner Balance Coach (AT)

Lorena Perez

Chief People Officer at Talent Garden (IT)

Machaela O’Leary

Campus Manager at Talent Garden Dublin (IR)

Harshad Fad

Founder of Incluspace (IND)

Lara Helmrich

New Business Development Marketing Manager at Dräger (DE)

#beapirate challenge for young changemakers


The following partners helped us to put together this amazing experience for you!
THANK YOU, mates!

Bundesministerium Moonshot Pirates
WKO Moonshot Pirates